Period
to 22 October 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for PCI DSS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited PCI DSS over the 6 months to 22 October 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
UK
6 months to
22 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 412 500 495
Rank change year-on-year +88 -5 -66
Contract jobs citing PCI DSS 119 328 460
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.37% 0.39% 0.45%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 3.51% 3.71% 4.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 88 202 315
Median daily rate £475 £525 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.52% +7.69% +2.63%
10th Percentile £303 £335 £350
90th Percentile £688 £713 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -25.00% +5.26% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £20.11 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £20.11 -

PCI DSS is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 3,392 8,831 11,316
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.67% 10.41% 10.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,986 5,495 7,162
Median daily rate £468 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +2.62%
10th Percentile £263 £225 £250
90th Percentile £641 £633 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 173 403 402
Median hourly rate £25.33 £21.50 £21.76
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.81% -1.19% +8.80%
10th Percentile £10.78 £11.15 £11.12
90th Percentile £54.94 £56.25 £49.88
Median hourly rate £23.00 £24.37 £21.88
% change year-on-year -5.62% +11.38% +9.40%

PCI DSS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing PCI DSS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing PCI DSS.

Daily rate trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing PCI DSS over the 6 months to 22 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing PCI DSS.

Hourly rate trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Top 14 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PCI DSS within the UK over the 6 months to 22 October 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +131 115 £475 -9.52% 60
UK excluding London +124 58 £375 -25.00% 52
London +138 54 £525 -8.70% 12
South East +142 25 £352 -25.95% 16
Work from Home -77 21 £425 +21.86% 13
North of England +83 11 £350 -33.96% 13
Midlands +72 10 £350 -17.65% 7
East Midlands +52 9 £350 - 4
South West +96 6 £700 +33.08% 5
North West +84 6 £463 +3.93% 8
Yorkshire +50 5 £350 -34.58% 5
East of England +89 4 £429 -12.05% 7
Wales +30 2 £675 +69.81% 3
West Midlands +51 1 - - 3

For the 6 months to 22 October 2020, IT contractor jobs citing PCI DSS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for PCI DSS.

1 71 (59.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 62 (52.10%) Information Security
3 48 (40.34%) GDPR
4 39 (32.77%) CISSP
5 37 (31.09%) CISM
6 32 (26.89%) ITIL
7 31 (26.05%) NIST
8 29 (24.37%) COBIT
9 28 (23.53%) Microsoft
10 27 (22.69%) Cybersecurity
11 26 (21.85%) Analytical Skills
11 26 (21.85%) CISA
11 26 (21.85%) Degree
11 26 (21.85%) Agile Software Development
12 25 (21.01%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 25 (21.01%) Security Architecture
13 24 (20.17%) Management Information System
14 22 (18.49%) Unix
15 21 (17.65%) Linux
15 21 (17.65%) Oracle
15 21 (17.65%) Risk Management
15 21 (17.65%) Azure
16 20 (16.81%) Finance
17 19 (15.97%) Windows
18 17 (14.29%) Service Management
18 17 (14.29%) SQL
18 17 (14.29%) Vulnerability Management
18 17 (14.29%) DevOps
19 16 (13.45%) Cisco
19 16 (13.45%) Security Management

PCI DSS
Co-occurring IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 8 (6.72%) Tomcat
2 6 (5.04%) JBoss
2 6 (5.04%) NetWeaver
2 6 (5.04%) WebSphere
3 3 (2.52%) IIS
Applications
1 7 (5.88%) Microsoft Office
1 7 (5.88%) Microsoft Project
1 7 (5.88%) MS Visio
2 3 (2.52%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (2.52%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.84%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 21 (17.65%) Azure
2 14 (11.76%) AWS
3 10 (8.40%) IaaS
3 10 (8.40%) SaaS
4 9 (7.56%) Office 365
4 9 (7.56%) PaaS
5 8 (6.72%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 8 (6.72%) Datadog
6 7 (5.88%) Serverless
7 6 (5.04%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 4 (3.36%) GCP
9 2 (1.68%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (1.68%) Force.com
10 1 (0.84%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.84%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.84%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.84%) IBM Cloud
10 1 (0.84%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.84%) Power Automate
10 1 (0.84%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 15 (12.61%) Firewall
2 10 (8.40%) DNS
3 9 (7.56%) WAN
3 9 (7.56%) Wireless
4 8 (6.72%) VPN
5 7 (5.88%) Network Security
5 7 (5.88%) PBX
5 7 (5.88%) VoIP
6 6 (5.04%) DHCP
6 6 (5.04%) MPLS
6 6 (5.04%) Skype
7 5 (4.20%) TCP/IP
8 4 (3.36%) SSL
8 4 (3.36%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (2.52%) LAN
10 2 (1.68%) BGP
10 2 (1.68%) Cisco IOS
10 2 (1.68%) Cisco Nexus
10 2 (1.68%) Intrusion Detection
10 2 (1.68%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (11.76%) MySQL
2 9 (7.56%) SQL Server
3 8 (6.72%) Apache Cassandra
3 8 (6.72%) Big Data
4 6 (5.04%) Azure SQL Database
4 6 (5.04%) Cosmos DB
4 6 (5.04%) DB2
4 6 (5.04%) SAP HANA
5 1 (0.84%) Amazon Aurora
5 1 (0.84%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.84%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.84%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.84%) Power BI
5 1 (0.84%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.84%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.84%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (3.36%) SonarQube
2 3 (2.52%) Hudson
3 2 (1.68%) Burp Suite
3 2 (1.68%) sqlmap
4 1 (0.84%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.84%) GitLab
4 1 (0.84%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.84%) JIRA
General
1 20 (16.81%) Finance
2 10 (8.40%) Retail
3 9 (7.56%) Public Sector
4 6 (5.04%) Pharmaceutical
4 6 (5.04%) Telecoms
5 5 (4.20%) Legal
6 3 (2.52%) Back Office
7 2 (1.68%) Banking
8 1 (0.84%) Arabic Language
8 1 (0.84%) Electronics
8 1 (0.84%) International Banking
8 1 (0.84%) Law
8 1 (0.84%) Local Government
8 1 (0.84%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.84%) Marketing
8 1 (0.84%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 32 (26.89%) Architect
2 24 (20.17%) Security Architect
3 22 (18.49%) Consultant
4 18 (15.13%) Security Consultant
5 13 (10.92%) Analyst
6 10 (8.40%) Security Manager
7 8 (6.72%) Applications Support
7 8 (6.72%) Information Manager
7 8 (6.72%) Information Security Manager
7 8 (6.72%) Operations Engineer
7 8 (6.72%) Operations Support Engineer
7 8 (6.72%) Support Engineer
8 7 (5.88%) Applications Engineer
8 7 (5.88%) Information Security Consultant
8 7 (5.88%) Security Engineer
9 6 (5.04%) Applications Support Engineer
10 5 (4.20%) Infrastructure Architect
10 5 (4.20%) Project Manager
10 5 (4.20%) Security Analyst
10 5 (4.20%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (6.72%) LAMP
1 8 (6.72%) Memcached
1 8 (6.72%) Sensu
2 7 (5.88%) Middleware
3 6 (5.04%) SAP Basis
4 4 (3.36%) .NET
5 2 (1.68%) AngularJS
5 2 (1.68%) jQuery
5 2 (1.68%) OAuth
5 2 (1.68%) React
5 2 (1.68%) Spring
5 2 (1.68%) Web Services
6 1 (0.84%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.84%) JSON
6 1 (0.84%) LDAP
6 1 (0.84%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 26 (21.85%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (20.17%) Management Information System
3 9 (7.56%) Public Cloud
4 8 (6.72%) Linux Command Line
4 8 (6.72%) PKI
5 5 (4.20%) Data Centre
6 4 (3.36%) CESG
6 4 (3.36%) Embedded Systems
6 4 (3.36%) Mobile Payment
6 4 (3.36%) Smartcard
7 3 (2.52%) Digital Signage
7 3 (2.52%) Mobile App
8 2 (1.68%) Cyberthreat
8 2 (1.68%) NHS
8 2 (1.68%) Private Cloud
8 2 (1.68%) Self-Motivation
9 1 (0.84%) Clustering
9 1 (0.84%) CMDB
9 1 (0.84%) Freedom of Information
9 1 (0.84%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 22 (18.49%) Unix
2 21 (17.65%) Linux
3 19 (15.97%) Windows
4 7 (5.88%) Apple iOS
4 7 (5.88%) Windows Server
5 4 (3.36%) AIX
5 4 (3.36%) Android
6 3 (2.52%) Mac OS X
7 2 (1.68%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.84%) CentOS
8 1 (0.84%) MVS
8 1 (0.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.84%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.84%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (52.10%) Information Security
2 32 (26.89%) ITIL
3 27 (22.69%) Cybersecurity
4 26 (21.85%) Agile Software Development
5 25 (21.01%) Security Architecture
6 21 (17.65%) Risk Management
7 17 (14.29%) DevOps
7 17 (14.29%) Service Management
7 17 (14.29%) Vulnerability Management
8 16 (13.45%) Data Protection
8 16 (13.45%) Security Management
9 14 (11.76%) E-Commerce
9 14 (11.76%) Security Testing
9 14 (11.76%) TOGAF
10 13 (10.92%) Project Management
11 12 (10.08%) Incident Management
11 12 (10.08%) Root Cause Analysis
12 11 (9.24%) Problem-Solving
13 10 (8.40%) Business Analysis
13 10 (8.40%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 17 (14.29%) SQL
2 14 (11.76%) Python
3 11 (9.24%) Java
4 9 (7.56%) Bash Shell
5 8 (6.72%) C++
5 8 (6.72%) Ruby
6 3 (2.52%) C#
6 3 (2.52%) JavaScript
6 3 (2.52%) Perl
7 2 (1.68%) Apple Swift
7 2 (1.68%) Objective-C
7 2 (1.68%) PHP
7 2 (1.68%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.84%) Go
8 1 (0.84%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.84%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 39 (32.77%) CISSP
2 37 (31.09%) CISM
3 26 (21.85%) CISA
3 26 (21.85%) Degree
4 15 (12.61%) Security Cleared
5 13 (10.92%) SC Cleared
6 10 (8.40%) Computer Science Degree
6 10 (8.40%) CRISC
7 9 (7.56%) Master's Degree
8 7 (5.88%) GIAC
9 5 (4.20%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (4.20%) CLAS
10 4 (3.36%) CCNP
11 3 (2.52%) CEH
11 3 (2.52%) DV Cleared
11 3 (2.52%) IISP
11 3 (2.52%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
11 3 (2.52%) SANS
12 2 (1.68%) CEPT
12 2 (1.68%) FFIEC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (59.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 48 (40.34%) GDPR
3 31 (26.05%) NIST
4 29 (24.37%) COBIT
5 25 (21.01%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 11 (9.24%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 9 (7.56%) Cyber Essentials
7 9 (7.56%) QA
8 8 (6.72%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 6 (5.04%) ISO 22301
9 6 (5.04%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 5 (4.20%) ISO 9001
11 4 (3.36%) HIPAA
11 4 (3.36%) ISAE 3402
11 4 (3.36%) ISO 31000
11 4 (3.36%) NIST 800
11 4 (3.36%) RMADS
12 3 (2.52%) SLA
13 2 (1.68%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 2 (1.68%) GAMP
System Software
1 10 (8.40%) Active Directory
2 7 (5.88%) Docker
3 3 (2.52%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.84%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 8 (6.72%) Kubernetes
1 8 (6.72%) Nagios
2 5 (4.20%) Terraform
3 4 (3.36%) IBM Guardium
3 4 (3.36%) Nessus
3 4 (3.36%) Trend Micro Deep Security
4 2 (1.68%) AirWatch
4 2 (1.68%) Ansible
5 1 (0.84%) Grafana
5 1 (0.84%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.84%) Prometheus
5 1 (0.84%) RSA Archer
5 1 (0.84%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (0.84%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (0.84%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 28 (23.53%) Microsoft
2 21 (17.65%) Oracle
3 16 (13.45%) Cisco
4 13 (10.92%) Splunk
5 10 (8.40%) SAP
6 8 (6.72%) Citrix
7 5 (4.20%) IBM
8 4 (3.36%) ArcSight
8 4 (3.36%) Barracuda Networks
8 4 (3.36%) Centrify
8 4 (3.36%) Imperva
8 4 (3.36%) McAfee
8 4 (3.36%) Qualys
8 4 (3.36%) Sun
8 4 (3.36%) Trend Micro
8 4 (3.36%) Tripwire
9 3 (2.52%) F5
9 3 (2.52%) Software AG
9 3 (2.52%) SolarWinds
9 3 (2.52%) VMware